Anemia is a condition where the amount of hemoglobin in the blood is below the normal level, or there are fewer red blood cells than normal.
It’s worth noting the different types of Anemia as each one has a different cause, with iron deficiency being the most common form of the illness.
Anemia can also be caused by lack of Vitamin B12 or folate in the body.
Iron Deficiency Anemia – The main symptoms are tiredness and lethargy, resulting in a lack of energy, but other symptoms include shortness of breath, or changes in the appearance (such as a pale complexion and dry nails). If the cause is slow loss of blood, there may not be any symptoms at all.
Iron deficiency Anemia occurs when there isn’t enough iron (found in meat, dried fruit and some veg) in the body. If the illness is left untreated it can make the sufferer more susceptible to illness and infection, as a lack of iron affects the immune system. Take a look at the Causes section of this report for more.
In some cases, severe iron deficiency anemia may increase the risk of the patient developing complications which affect the lungs, such as tachycardia (an abnormally fast heartbeat) and heart failure.
Pregnant woman will also have a higher risk of complications before and after birth.
A number of things can trigger Anemia, including the following:
Active bleeding – Loss of blood as a result of heavy menstrual bleeding or wounds can cause the illness. Cancer of the colon and gastrointestinal ulcers can also cause Anemia.
Iron deficiency – If iron intake is limited or inadequate due to poor dietary intake, Anemia may be the result. This condition can also occur when stomach ulcers or other sources of slow chronic bleeding are present.
Chronic disease – Any long-term condition can lead to the condition, but while the exact mechanism of this process is as yet unknown, any long-standing medical condition like chronic infection or cancer may cause Anemia
Kidney disease – The kidneys release a hormone called the erythropoietin, which helps the bone marrow make red blood cells. This hormone is diminished in people with chronic kidney disease or end stage renal disease and this diminishes the production of red blood cells, which results in Anemia.
Pregnancy – Fluid gain and water weight during pregnancy dilutes the blood, which may be reflected as Anemia since the concentration of red blood cells is lower.
Poor nutrition/Vegetarianism – As well as iron, vitamin B12 and folate (folic acid) are needed for the proper production of haemoglobin. Poor diet is an important cause of low folate and low vitamin B12 levels. Strict vegetarians who do not take sufficient vitamins are also at risk of developing vitamin B12 deficiency.
Pernicious Anemia – A problem in the stomach or intestines can lead to a poor absorption of Vitamin B12, which may lead to Anemia.
Sickle cell Anemia – The problem can be related to production of abnormal haemoglobin molecules, which can cause problems in the integrity of the red blood cell structure and they may become crescent-shaped. Sickle cell Anemia may be quite severe and is typically hereditary, though it is more common in those of African, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean ancestry.
Try to add iron-rich foods to your diet, wherever possible. See the section in this report labelled ‘diet’ for more details.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here.
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
Be aware that vitamin deficiencies are a prevalent negative effect of detox dieting.
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Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.
There are several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. For treating rheumatoid arthritis, we recommended constitutional hydrotherapy (apply two to five times weekly) or a heating compress (apply once daily to affected areas). Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water, or you can buy a Kangen Unit.
- Take a bath as often as possible up to once a day with two litres of 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide.
Introduce iron-rich foods into your diet if you’re Anaemic.
Try any of the following:
- dark-green leafy vegetables, such as watercress and curly kale
- dried fruit
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
www.grasslandbeef.com The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
Try iron supplements which boost the low levels of iron in the body, which is usually effective. Make sure you’re monitored every few months to check if the treatment is working and to see if your iron levels have returned to normal. The underlying cause will also require treatment to prevent Anaemia coming back.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here kevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
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- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a local practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a local practitioner here
There are certain herbs in Ayurveda which are useful for Anaemia. Try fenugreek, wormwood, chicory, Gokulakanta, Ash gourd, bitter melon, onions, dill and herbs, which can be found in the form of supplements or in food.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine can be used to treat all types of Anaemia, and it’s generally referred to as Qi and blood deficiency. Chinese medicine practitioners work with patients to help balance their diet, improve digestion and provide herbs.
The main types of Anaemia which can be treated via Chinese medicine are:
Kidney essence and liver blood deficiency – This presents itself mostly in the elderly or middle-aged, who are overworked. There tends to be a general sense of fatigue and lethargy, as well as dry skin, cloudy eyes, low back pain, weak knees and frequent urination. You may have some results with the Qi Bao Mai Yin Dan or Zuo Gui Wan herbal remedies.
Qi and blood deficiency – In Qi and blood Anaemia, there will be fatigue, paleness, slight weight loss, poor memory and slight mental changes. Try Gui Pi Tang or Ba Zhen Tang herbal remedies.
Blood and body fluid deficiency – Patients suffering with this type of Anaemia will experience fatigue, paleness, dry skin, dry eyes, dry stools and peeling nails. Give the herbal remedies Sha Shen Mai Men Dong Tang or Si Wu Tang a try.
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here.
Acupuncture employs the use of thin needles on the skin to restore the flow of qi and consequent health to the body. When treating Anaemia, a TCM practitioner will stimulate points that increase a flow of qi to the stomach, liver and blood-producing spleen.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Try the following for some relief from your symptoms:
Peppermint – It refreshes and invigorates, has a strong, penetrating grassy-mint scent which helps disinfect the air and relieve body pains and normalize Anaemia.
Honey Lemon – With a natural healing aroma, honey lemon refreshes and helps normalize Anaemia.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Home remedies for Anaemia include eating leafy vegetables, bananas, beetroot, honey and spinach.
Try an Epsom salt bath for around 5-10 minutes, or take a cold bath.
You can also try massaging the body to keep the blood flowing; massage legs, hands and arms.
Increase iron intake daily by enjoying iron rich fruits and consume plenty of vitamin C to keep your body healthy.
Mix a teaspoon of honey, a teaspoon of lemon juice and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, before eating this homemade concoction.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Herbs can offer relief to sufferers of Anaemia. Try any of the following:
Alfalfa – Alfalfa leaf concentrate is believed to be effective and a more palatable substitute for iron and folic acid supplements in the treatment of Anaemia in adolescent girls.
Chlorella – A nutritional blue-green algae, chlorella grows in fresh water and sunlight and is rich in protein, folate, vitamin B-12 and iron.
Angelica – Also known as dong quai, Angelica is a traditional herbal remedy for menstrual irregularities and menopausal complaints.
Yoga – The practices of above asana are useful for purification of blood and increase of blood cells.
Simply spread a blanket or a warm cloth on the ground and spread a cotton sheet over it. The reason for this type of blanket being spread and lying down there in is that the energy or capability in form of electrical charge that gets produced from meditation or Pranayama may not be conveyed away to the ground. It is the characteristic of ground to conduct away electricity hence at the time when we sit for meditation, Pranayama or concentration; one should use a spread which is not a conductor of electricity.
By doing Sivananda Pranayama, we get maximum oxygen by inhaling. The air (containing oxygen) that we breathe into our lungs is transferred into our blood, which travels around our body delivering oxygen to our brain, organs and all other parts of our body. It helps the nervous system, the heart, the digestive system, muscles, sleep, energy levels, mental soundness, concentration and memory and much more.
This can be done in the morning, noon, evening as well as late night, whenever your stomach feels light, about three hours after meals.
The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong –Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Natural remedy for Anaemia www.homeveda.com/other-conditions/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-anaemia.html
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Further Information (links and books)
Anaemia and herbal remedies: www.livestrong.com/article/312110-herbal-treatments-for-anemia
Home remedies for Anaemia: www.homemademedicine.com/home-remedies-anemia.html
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Andrea Butje | Aromahead firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy
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David Spector-NSR/USA firstname.lastname@example.org – meditation, stress
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